President Donald Trump on Tuesday remarked on the United States surpassing 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, boasting that it would be ten times higher had he not “properly” managed the crisis.
Trump views this as a success.
“I think it’s a shame. I think if we didn’t do it properly and do it right you’d have 2.5 million deaths. If you take a look at alternatives, you could have 2.5 million deaths or something thereabout. You could have a number that is substantially more,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.
Watch below, courtesy of The Washington Post:
Trump went on to say that “we shouldn’t have had anybody” and once again blamed China for the pandemic, even though the strain that has ravaged the US originated in Europe.
“You saw my United Nations speech,” Trump groaned. “China should have stopped it at their border. They should have never let this spread all over the world, and it’s a terrible thing.”
Viruses, of course, have no concept of artificial borders and are notoriously difficult to get under control, especially coronaviruses, for which no cure or vaccine has ever been successfully developed.
Trump then brazenly lied, saying that “had we not closed our country down and reopened… we’re doing well in reopening.” Trump never shut down the country and the US is not doing well. In fact, the situation is getting worse.
Trump has downplayed the severity of the crisis and with the help of Republicans has forced state economies and schools to reopen, causing the pathogen to tear through the population. He also touted the relatively stable stock market, which is not an indicator of the health of the economy as a whole.
“The stock market is up, but I think it’s a horrible thing,” Trump continued. “But had we not done it right, you could have had two million, 2.5 million, three million. “But it’s a horrible thing. Should have never, ever have happened. China let this happen, and just remember that.”
Trump will hold a rally Tuesday night in Pennsylvania, where people will be cramped in close quarters and probably not wearing masks or socially distancing.
This is Trump’s plague.
Forty-one days until the election.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.